Cougar Golfer Enjoys Trip of a Lifetime

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Kade Scott with a momento of his trip, a golf ball bearing the logo of the Masters.(courtesy photo)

Rector's Kade Scott, back-to-back 2A state golf champ, had the privilege to attend the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga. over the weekend.

"Thanks to Joe Mowery for giving me the opportunity to experience one of the best golf tournaments in the world," Scott said.

Mowery, a former state high school champion from Piggott and now a successful executive at Stephens, Inc., in Little Rock, provided tickets and lodging for Scott and his family after reading about the young man's exploits as a golfer and a student.

Scott, father Michael, mother Penny and brother Alec drove to Georgia Thursday night and began an adventure Friday morning. Scott and his brother Alec started out on the first day. He was immediately taken aback by the lush golf course and, even though he had watched the tournament on television many times, Scott said it's very different in person. "The course is much hillier than it appears," Scott said.

One of the highlights for Scott was getting to watch Jordan Spieth, the number two golfer in the world, Scott's favorite player since Spieth won the Valspar Championship in 2014.

Scott headed to the tee box on 10 and caught a glimpse Ernie Els. The first group to tee off on the 10th hole was Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, and Jason Dufner. Scott waited for Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeu and Paul Casey. He then followed them all the way through to the 18th hole and watched every group after that finish at 18.

Having two passes, Scott's brother, mother and father would trade off going into the tournament. He spent the second day split between his mother and father watching the 18th hole, where he found the green to be more treacherous than he originally thought.

The third day was split between his father and brother Alec. The Scotts decided to follow Spieth all the way through on the final day.

He said Hole 13 "is my favorite, dogleg left with green surrounded by water and bunker on left, easy reachable par 5 but can be very treacherous. That's why I love that hole -- it can make you or break you."

Even though Scott's favorite didn't win, he felt blessed to be able to attend the tournament in what was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"This was an experience I will always remember," Scott said.

The young golfer will graduate next month from Rector High School and then set his sights on continuing his competitive career at Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould.

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